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Ring of Truth: a Translator's Testimony [Paperback]

J.B. Phillips
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31 Dec 1977
A Translator's Testimony.J.B. Phillips says: "I have felt compelled to write this book. IT is my testimony to the historicity and reliability of the New Testament. "Few people have had such a close and constant contact with the New Testament as I have had. Even fewer have taken the trouble to understand the business of 'communication.' I say this in no spirit of conceit; it is a matter of simple fact. I therefore felt that it was high time that someone, who has spent the best years of his life in studying both the New Testament and good modern communicative English, spoke out. I do not care a rap what the '"avant-garde"' scholars say; I do very much care what God says and does.""from the Forward, RING OF TRUTH"

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Shaw (Harold) Publishers,U.S. (31 Dec 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877887241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877887249
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith building... 6 Dec 2012
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J.B. Phillips is famous for translating "The New Testament in Modern English" - the first modern paraphrase (1958), and certainly the most enduring with its rich, vibrant language.

Very much a companion work to his translation, this is a powerful apologetic tool - but in a refreshingly different way. Phillips relates how his translation work produced a strong conviction of the truth of the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ. The deeper he dug, the more unexpected and delightful the results.

This is no tortuous, unimaginative read. Rigid apologetic works abound today, whose authors are at pains to defend 'inerrancy' at all costs. Except that the reader is often left feeling not only somewhat flat, but also stretched to the point of incredulity.

For seasoned believers who have perhaps lost that sense of wonder concerning the Gospel (as well as for new believers) Phillips will guide you on an uplifting journey that will thrill your soul.

Succinct, well written - and in a large readable type - this book can be read in two or three visits. Phillips wrote it in the 1960's, so it is sufficiently detached from today's evangelical merry-go-round to enable the reader to take a step back and absorb the impact that translating the New Testament had on the author's faith.

Can't recommend it enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The translator transformed 28 Nov 2011
By NG
Format:Paperback
This book is a translator's testimony, as it says in the title. It isn't a scholar's discussion of the finer points of translation. It is his personal statement about how he finds the New Testament to have, as he says, 'the ring of truth' about it. In part, this 'truth' is external. Phillips spends some of the time telling the reader why he thinks the New Testament was written where and when Christians have mostly believed it was. (If this is confusing, remember that some scholars think it was written much later than has been traditionally believed).

The 'truth' of which he speaks is also internal. That is, he is keen to tell the reader the ways in which the good news about Jesus has penetrated deep into his heart as he has translated the gospels and the letters which make up the New Testament. This is perhaps where he is at his best, because his years of close engagement with the original texts has forced him to pay really close attention to what the words say, and to ponder their meaning as he searches for a way to put it in modern English. In more than one place he hints that his work of translation left him a profoundly changed man, deeply convinced of the historical and spiritual truth of what is written in the Bible.

The book is very short and I read it on the train, going to and from work, in three or four days. It is very easy to read, although here and there it does sound a bit old fashioned. But for all that it is very fresh, and a picture emerges of a Bible that is unlike any other ancient text (Phillips was a classicist and knew many), and a translator who sought to bring the New Testament into the modern age, and found himself drawn back into the Bible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author has the ring of truth! 10 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book and welcomed his clarity in considering the work of translators of the bible. I found his explanations for particular passages helpful and encouraging for further bible study - he shows how comparing different versions can be enlightening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ring of Truth 24 July 2013
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Very concise and quite easy to understand. Provides a good aid to understanding the New Testament. Will buy more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tune Up Your Ears, Listen With Your Heart 15 Jan 2007
By Landon Shultz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful little book. Phillips describes how, as a translator, he had to engage deeply and thoughtfully with the original Greek text of the NT. Not only does he find the text to be historically accurate on a wide range of details, he finds that the stories "ring true." Jesus comes across not as a deified philosopher, but as a real, complex, and powerful personality--a human being who was gentle and caring with children and social outcasts, but strong, courageous, and confrontive in challenging the hypocrisy of the highly revered religious powers that be. Phillips specifically lists a number of places where the close attention required by translating brought him face to face with suprising, sometimes shocking, new ideas about Jesus, God, and humanity. This book is well worth every penny you will invest in it, and every moment of time you will spend reading it and thinking about what it says.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If your faith is wavering, or you're looking for confidence 20 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
...this is the book for you. A slim volume full of wisdom. The author, in his task of translating the New Testament from Greek to English, experienced many serendipitous moments that pointed him to the truth of the Gospel accounts.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith building... 26 May 2012
By Maverick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
J.B. Phillips is famous for translating "The New Testament in Modern English" - the first modern paraphrase (1958), and certainly the most enduring with its rich, vibrant language.

Very much a companion work to his translation, this is a powerful apologetic tool - but in a refreshingly different way. Phillips relates how his translation work produced a strong conviction of the truth of the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ. The deeper he dug, the more unexpected and delightful the results.

This is no tortuous, unimaginative read. Rigid apologetic works abound today, whose authors are at pains to defend 'inerrancy' at all costs. Except that the reader is often left feeling not only somewhat flat, but also stretched to the point of incredulity.

For seasoned believers who have perhaps lost that sense of wonder concerning the Gospel (as well as for new believers) Phillips will guide you on an uplifting journey that will thrill your soul.

Succinct, well written - and in a large readable type - this book can be read in two or three visits. Phillips wrote it in the 1960's, so it is sufficiently detached from today's evangelical merry-go-round to enable the reader to take a step back and absorb the impact that translating the New Testament had on the author's faith.

Can't recommend it enough!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book 9 Jan 2010
By Celeborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book if you are in doubt of the New Testament. It is a good book anyway, if you are looking for answers to doubters.

J. B. Phillips was a correspondent of C. S. Lewis during the Second World War. Phillips, a Greek scholar, first translated Paul's letters for the young people he was working with in the Home Guard. He called this book Letters to Young Churches. Then he translated the New Testament.

This is his story of the adventure of reading the Christian scriptures in the language in which they were written. The result of this journey was to see that it was all true because it rang true from beginning to end.

Probably no one but Christians should read this book, doubters of Thomas' kind leading the way. Atheists would be insulted by this book. It tells of experiences they have not had.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but deeply helpful 20 Jun 2008
By Linda B. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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To listen to a scholar from earlier in the 20th century
makes me realize how fully inclusive language has become the norm now.
Aside from his language context, however, the depth of insight
from this translator of the New Testament is well worth the read!
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